The launch of 4K UHD TVs has pumped some needed enthusiasm into the CE specialty channel. Let's hope TV vendors don't spoil the party before it even begins.
CE-Spot: The Business of Consumer Electronics
The good news is that combined global revenue and shipments of major appliances are expected to grow about 4 percent this year.
We hope you didn’t let a few of Saturday’s headlines – “Consumers Show Fresh Caution” or “March Retail Sales Fell as Consumers Cut Back” among them - ruin your weekend. We know you’re living on the front lines of the economy every day, but who needs a reminder of how tough things are, right? Besides, warmer weather is just around the corner, offering the perfect time to take a vacation, forget about the last few months, recharge and start the next round fresh.
In our annual roundtable with some of CE’s top distributors (see the April issue of Dealerscope for the full interviews), we try to ask questions that will unveil some of the larger trends that are bubbling below the surface of the industry. We hope the answers give retailers a bead on emerging trends and a sense of how some of their most important business partners are preparing for the related changes.
2012 was a miserable year for most CE retailers. It's clearly time to start trying something different.
Around this time of year, we find ourselves searching the industry for words of wisdom, encouragement and inspiration, mainly as a way to learn from what transpired in the past and to establish new goals and better practices for the coming year. A few of those nuggets came our way during a conversation with Alan Lavine, one of the regional CE dealers who participated in Dealerscope’s annual retailer roundtable